United Township student officer charged with sexual assault, child pornography

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UPDATE: Agents from the Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation arrested 47-year-old East Moline Police Officer Kirk DeGreve at approximately 11:05 a.m. Thursday morning on two felony counts of criminal sexual assault and two felony counts of possession of child pornography.

In August of 2019, then East Moline Police Department Chief John Reynolds contacted the Illinois State Police, requesting an independent criminal investigation of a suspected inappropriate relationship between East Moline Police School Resource Officer DeGreve and a United Township High School student.

The case was assigned to Illinois State Police investigators outside of the Quad City area to avoid any perception of conflict of interest. Officer DeGreve was immediately removed from the school and reassigned to patrol duties during the investigation.

After numerous search warrant executions and interviews on Thursday, January 16, investigators recovered evidence of suspected criminal conduct. Current East Moline Police Department Chief Jeff Ramsey was informed of this new information and placed Officer DeGreve on administrative leave.

On Thursday, January 23, Officer DeGreve was taken into custody in Springfield by Illinois State Police Division of Criminal Investigation agents without incident and lodged at the Sangamon County Jail on $150,000 bond.

The Rock Island County State’s Attorney has requested Carroll County State’s Attorney Brinkmeier serve as the special prosecutor for this case.

Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to call the Illinois State Police at 815-632-4010, extension 230. Anonymous information can be provided to Quad City Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500 or online at P3Tips.com.

EARLIER UPDATE: A student resource officer at United Township High School was charged in Rock Island County Thursday with more than one felony related to criminal sexual assault and child pornography following an investigation that began in August of 2019.

The Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office received a complaint in August involving Officer Kirk DeGreve. The East Moline Police Department requested Illinois State Police conduct an investigation for possible criminal conduct.

Upon review of the initial investigation by Illinois State Police, the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office requested prosecution assistance from the Carroll County State’s Attorney to further handle this matter to avoid any potential conflicts or appearance of bias.

On Thursday, January 23, Officer DeGreve was formally charged with two counts of Class 1 felony criminal sexual assault and two counts of Class 3 felony possession of child pornography in Rock Island County.

This case continues to remain under investigation by the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office and Illinois State Police.

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